Pelicans, stop bad momentum vs Spurs

Pelicans, stop bad momentum vs Spurs

The New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs meets on a match with hopes to finally end their struggles in the NBA. The Pelicans are currently in a four-game losing streak, which drops them in the Western Conference. On the other hand, the Spurs are currently having the worst record in the Western Conference, a record they want to change. What is good for the Spurs is that they are coming from a win against the Rockets before this game. As for the Pelicans, they are coming from a defeat. These two teams squares off on December 23, 2022, at 9:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Pelicans hosting this match.

The hosts are coming from a 128-119 loss against the Bucks on their last match, their fourth consecutive loss. That loss puts them at the third of the Western Conference, with a record of 18-19. Additionally, that loss also came from home; but they are still lucky that they are doing well at home, winning 12 games out of their 16 home games. As for the visitors, they are currently at the 14th of the Western Conference, making it harder for them to enter the playoffs. They are with a record of 10-20, and a road game record of 5-8.

New Orleans Pelicans

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

The Pelicans are currently need a win, as they are now in a four-game losing streak. If this team continues to lose, they will definitely drop from the top teams in their standings. Due to their recent loss, they fell out from the top spot in the Western Conference. Actually, before they suffered four straight losses, they are actually in a seven-game winning streak. On their previous match, they fell short against the Bucks in a score of 128-119. However, the Pelicans had chances in that match, as they had a 22-7 run at the late minutes of that match. It is just unfortunate that the run of the Pelicans in the late fourth quarter is not enough for them to win that match. This team is currently at the 3rd offensively with 117.3 points per game, and 14th in defense, surrendering 112.5 points per game.

During their last game, it was Jonas Valanciunas who led the the Pelicans with his season-high performance. He had 37 points and 18 rebounds, while Zion Williamson was just held to 18 points. However, they are still without Brandon Ingram, and Larry Nance Jr., who both have injuries.

San Antonio Spurs

NBA: San Antonio Spurs
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Coming into this game, the Spurs are aiming to compose themselves and continue their good momentum as they came from a win. Actually, they are indeed in a good momentum, as they won four games out of their last six matches. They are from a 124-105 road win against the Rockets on their last meeting. What made this win an impressive one is the fact that they won this match without their leading scorer. Additionally, it was a total team effort that gave the Spurs the win. Six or seven guys from their squad played very well from both ends of the floor. Currently, the Spurs are the 26th in offense, averaging 110.3 points per game, and the worst defensively, giving up 119.5 points per game.

Keldon Johnson is the one leading the Spurs in points, as he is averaging 21.1 points per game, along with 5.2 rebounds. Devin Vassell is also doing wonders for the Spurs, giving up 20.0 points per game. However, their top scorer is still listed as doubtful for this meeting, and is not expected to play.


New Orleans Pelicans
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.87

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